About The Project

About The Project

Race, Religion & American Judaism is a project of the Levin-Lieber Program in Jewish Ethics at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and is supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The project’s goal is to produce cross-disciplinary research, public scholarship, and curricula that will advance scholarly and public understanding of:

  • Race, religion, Jewishness, racism, and antisemitism
  • Multiracial, multicultural heritage of the Jewish people
  • How to challenge racism effectively and in keeping with Jewish ethical ideas.
This website will become the central location for self-guided learning and for curricula geared toward adults and youth in higher education, religious communities, schools, camps, and other settings.

This work is an outgrowth of an online lecture series hosted in partnership with the Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania in 2021. Initiated by Professor Steve Weitzman, it engaged more than 1000 people.


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Research Fellows are actively pursuing research and meeting with senior advisors.

April - July 2022
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Research Fellows will record lectures and share texts and resources with curriculum writers.

August 2022
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Curriculum writers will develop curricula and supporting materials as the website is being updated.

September - December 2022
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Curricula will be available for download and sharing across networks.

March 2023


The Center for Jewish Ethics at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College pursues research and public scholarship that draws on Jewish literature and history to help people and communities address the ethical challenges of contemporary life.

Our particular focus is on issues of public concern like the pursuit of vibrant civil discourse, the cultivation of safe and equitable communal institutions, and problems of gender discrimination and institutional racism.

We seek to advance ethical inquiry about these issues through the study of Jewish legal, ethical, and narrative texts and of the Jewish historical experience.

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) supports research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities. NEH is an independent federal agency created in 1965 and is one of the largest funders of humanities programs in the United States.

Because democracy demands wisdom, NEH serves and strengthens our republic by promoting excellence in the humanities and conveying the lessons of history to all Americans. The Endowment accomplishes this mission by awarding grants for top-rated proposals examined by panels of independent, external reviewers

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